“Help our most vulnerable”

Cuts set us adrift with the assumption that we will be able to continue without support now that we ‘know how’. Yet many people have cognitive, physical or sensory impairments that meant they cannot simply LEARN them -or not to a standard required for employment and day to day functioning. The bare minimum is all they can get done when it comes to physical tasks or life skills, one reason  why the few end up filling in forms for the many- not because the many are lazy, but because they struggle without support.

Many of the people who aren’t visible in the fight against the welfare cuts are not lacking in desire to take part but need to be enabled to take part.  Without the means to communicate people will be dependent on others to speak for them. Cutting people loose from benefits, welfare schemes and support will not scare them into finding work or developing new skills.

Many indeed are lucky if they get the support they need to fill in an ESA 50 form, let alone man the picket lines or write to their M.P. Of course, those are the very transport/IT/sensory resources we are losing. Loss of text phone…ILF…. DLA… their best hope of crushing us is that the support networks that enable us to BE campaigners are gone.

This is of course what we argue when we say that the cuts are bad for us, yet increasingly some disabled people have been tearing a strip off others for not participating- almost as though they don’t believe their own rhetoric of abandonment and isolation. It is quite simply logical that a hard of hearing person with speech difficulties is going to have a much narrower platform than someone with none. Yet people are shutting their ears as the drip feed of the government does its work and even our friends, neighbours and carers become unwilling to admit our needs.

It is profoundly frightening that we are still saying this, thirty odd years after disabled people first started writing and fighting for liberties and freedom that others took for granted that we still lack those resources, that have to plug the resources/support/vulnerable/isolation angles because after years of showing ourselves to be STRONG, we are once again forced into the rhetoric of vulnerability.

Of course the more resources are cut, the more vulnerable we ARE yet it is unpleasant and dangerous to have to play into such a damaging dialogue with its overtones of helplessness and uselessness. If we have to plug the resources/support/vulnerable/isolation angles because after years of showing ourselves to be STRONG, we are once again forced into the rhetoric of vulnerability. And that is very dangerous because I only have to look at how folk in our area or my family speak to me to know that they are seeing care homes as a solution.

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